So I do genealogical research. It keeps me busy and out of trouble and I may actually find something interesting. I've discovered a cache of new records on Ancestry.co.uk for Liverpool and I'm having a blast from the past quite literally:)
I have one main family tree belonging to my husband's family that I'm working on. I just counted: 7,596 people and 16,200 records....eeeeek!!! They tended to have large families in the day. The mind boggles at the number of children some women had.
I'm also working on my own family tree with my second cousin who lives in Glasgow. We have hit a few brick walls. Our family comes from Donegal, Ireland. Anyone doing research in Ireland will tell you how frustrating it can be but it is getting better. More records are going on line but the sad thing is that sometimes you have to pay an arm and a leg to look at them. Fortunately my second cousin goes to Ireland frequently and just spent some time in Letterkenny at the records office looking for our illusive Great Grandmother Fanny (Mary Ann) Devlin.
When you put it down on paper, we do know a lot about her but we'd like to know more.
It says on her marriage certificate that she was from Rock. We have no idea where that is...? Her father was a Michael Devlin, farmer. She married our GGF Owen Bradley in 1867 at St Mary's at Cock Hill, Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal and went to live on his tenant farm in Meenamullaghan, Donegal. The Bradleys had been tenants on that piece of land from before 1831 that we know of from our research.
ADDED: The Rock has since been found:) It is near Foffanagh, Fahan Lower, Co Donegal. Fanny's father Michael Devlin is there in the 1901 census aged 82.
Look on Google maps for Meenamullaghan and you'll see it is pretty remote. In Fanny's day it was a small townland with about four or five families and not much else.
This is what the old Bradley farm house looked like in 2007. It has been abandoned for many many years and is falling to ruin. It used to have a thatched roof in it's day. The land is still being tended and used for sheep.
One of those twins was my grandfather.
When Fanny died her daughter Anne who was 13 took over the care of the small ones. Anne died at the age of 20 in 1889 of Typhus Fever from an infected well.
Age of the children at Fanny's death:
William - 14 yrs
Anne - 13 yrs
Patrick - 11 yrs
Catherine - 10 yrs
Charles - 8 yrs
Michael - 6 yrs
Jane - 4 yrs
Mary - 2 yrs
James - 25 days
John (Henry) - 25 days
Owen did not remarry after Fanny's death. He died in 1902 at the age of 66.
So that is all we know about her...not much. It was a hard life.
All of the children, except William, left Ireland and settled in Glasgow and became very successful. William took over the farm after Owen died, married and had several children...and at last count over 60 grand children......eeeek! William was the last Bradley to farm in Meenamullaghan that we know of and strangely enough someone has put a Bradley monument in the graveyard in Buncrana.
|IN MEMORY OF THE BRADLEY MEENAMULLAGHAN......RIP|
Strange eh??? We don't know who and we don't know why but my second cousin is a very dedicated researcher so I'm sure she'll get the story eventually..... any excuse to visit Ireland and
A lot of people think my hobby is a bit strange. But, I love the research bit. Some of my family start to look glassy eyed when I launch into my latest discourse about some old moth eaten record I've found. But I don't care:) I think it's interesting to find out what your roots are because that's what made you......you:)
So that's what I've been doing.
On the crafting front.......I'm working on a Steampunk doll for a Challenge at Cloth Doll Artistry. Right now I'm just doing research and trying to get some idea of what I want to do. I keep going off in tangents though as I google here and there. It's all very interesting stuff and quite a fun genre. Leather and metal and lace are going to be involved......and Victorian stuff.